Using Watercolour Pencils As On-the-go Paint

Anna’ Stampin’ Cave – Mother’s Day Card plus using watercolour pencils as on-the-go paint

Hello everyone! Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

I wanted to share with you this super cute and cheerful card I created for my husband to give to his mum for Mother’s Day (polish Mother’s Day is on 26 May). She’s visiting the UK (my hubby’s sister and us) and has been here nearly a month. But she is heading back home tomorrow afternoon so it was like perfect timing.

What’s special about this card is the technique I’ve used to colour in my focal point image. But first thing first, here’s my card:

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Mother's Day card using watercolour pencils and Just Because Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Mother’s Day card dimensions:

  • Granny Apple Green cardstock: 11″ x 4-1/8″ scored at 5-1/2″ (28 x 10.5 cm scored at 14 cm)
  • Whisper White cardstock: 3-3/8″ x 4-1/2″ (8.5 cm x 11.6 cm)
  • Whisper White cardstock for the inside: 4″ x 5-1/8″ (9.6 cm x 13 cm)
  • Subtles Designer Series Paper in Calypso Coral: 3″ x 5″ (7.6 cm x 12.7 cm)
  • Calypso Coral cardstock for the sentiment
  • Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon approx. 4″ (10.3 cm)

Using watercolour pencils as on-the-go paint

First thing I did I masked off the original sentiment and stamped the image onto Whisper White panel. Next, I stamped this very same image onto a watercolour paper and coloured it roughly with Watercolour Pencils.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Mother's Day Card plus using watercolour pencils as on-the-go paintFirst, I coloured my image, very roughly, with watercolour pencils, leaving some empty space on the flower pot for highlights.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Mother's Day Card plus using watercolour pencils as on-the-go paintNext, using an aqua painter I brush it with water. I did it slowly, with a brush that was hardly wet, one area at a time, making sure I don’t over-mix all of the colours used.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Mother's Day Card plus using watercolour pencils as on-the-go paintTo intensify some colours, I rubbed my aqua painter’s brush directly against the tip of the pencil, before adding the pigment to a designated area.

It was time-consuming but well worth the effort.

Under construction

This card, even if for some looks complicated, was very straightforward to make.

I started by adding a Whisper White panel to the inside of my card so hubby could later jolt in some heartfelt Mother’s Day wishes.

Next, I adhered a piece of DSP to the card front, slightly to the left. I took my stamped Whisper White panel and punched out two semi-circles at the very bottom of the panel, to add the ribbon. Once the ribbon was secured, I popped it to the card front with dimensionals.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Mother's Day card using watercolour pencils and Just Because Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!Creating Focal Point

Using a second smallest circle die from Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, I die cut a circle from my watercolour piece and add it with dimensionals to the card front where it “belonged”.

On a scrap of Calypso Coral cardstock, I stamped the “happy mother’s day” sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings. I trimmed it into a narrow strip and added it flush to the top right corner of the front Whisper White panel.

Few, more or less randomly added rhinestones finish off the look.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Mother's Day card using watercolour pencils and Just Because Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

I am delighted how this card turned out: such a happy and cheerful little make!! And I really hope my mother-in-law will love it too.

I add ut to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: For A Special Lady

As always, if you wish to purchase any of the products I have used, simply click the images below to go directly to my online store.

HOST CODE for the month of May is 4EYUYEU2. Use this code to receive special rewards from me.

Product List

Pin me

Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo. I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest xx

And today I have even two images for you to PIN away!

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Mother's Day Card plus using watercolour pencils as on-the-go paint

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Mother's Day Card plus using watercolour pencils as on-the-go paint

Double Layer Stamping With Painted Seasons Stamp Set

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Painted Seasons Stamp Set double layer stamping technique, Coastal Cabana, Soft Sea Foam, So Saffron

Hello everyone! Long time no see, hey?

I’ve been MIA due to multiple sclerosis (that’s a surprise, right hahaha). I had a major MS relapse two months ago when I lost control over my body, or I should rather say over the right-hand side of my body. I couldn’t walk, write (I am right-handed) or brush my teeth. Thank God for hubby and electric toothbrushes! I didn’t even feel my right cheek, seriously.

After a few series of steroids (5 days) and time, time and more time, I can finally do most of the things on my own. Maybe except walking outside – still need hubby’s hand in that matter. But I can finally create! Woohoo! I so missed my inks and stamps. And I have some serious delays in sending customers ‘thank yous’. In sorting ATM!

There’s one thing that MS has thought me for sure: PATIENCE!

I know it’s with a slight delay, as Sale-a-bration just ended. But I really wanted to share with you these two beauties I created using a free stamp set from SAB exclusive Painted Seasons Bundle.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Painted Seasons Stamp Set double layer stamping technique

How cute are these, right? And so easy to make. Both are created with a double layer stamping technique and involved some fussy-cutting.

First, I prepared my Very Vanilla double layers and stamped them with my chosen ink pads: Poppy Parade with Pear Pizzazz for a floral card, and Coastal Cabana, Soft Sea Foam and So Saffron ink pads for a succulent one.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Painted Seasons Stamp Set double layer stamping technique with bright Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz

Once my double layers were stamped I mount them on to coordinating cardstock panels: Pear Pizzazz and Coastal Cabana.

Next, I adhered them to the card bases. For the floral card, I’ve used the same cardstock for a card base: Pear Pizzazz.

But for a succulent card, I decided to use Soft Sea Foam cardstock for a base instead of Coastal Cabana.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Painted Seasons Stamp Set double layer stamping technique with Coastal Cabana blue and Soft Sea Foam pastel green

Vellum to the rescue

Because I’ve made some ‘booboos’ while stamping my panels, as my hands are not fully working yet,  I needed to ‘hide’ these. So I cut a square from vellum, briefly 4″ x 4″, cut it in half, and when assembling both cards, I adhered these vellum triangles where needed. Mistakes? What mistakes?! haha

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Painted Seasons Stamp Set double layer stamping technique with bright Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz

Adding more details

I took a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock stamped few flowers, leaves and succulents in corresponding colours and fussy-cut all my florals and foliage with paper snips.  Quite easy and fun, and great exercise for my hands too.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Painted Seasons Stamp Set double layer stamping technique with Coastal Cabana blue and Soft Sea Foam pastel green

Because the Painted Seasons Stamp Set comes with images only it opens up endless possibilities as to what sentiment stamps to use.

For my cards, I decided to use Well Said Cling Stamp Set.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Painted Seasons Stamp Set double layer stamping technique with bright Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz

Assembling the cards

First, I took my vellum triangles and my fussy-cut florals and tried few arrangments before I decided where to stuck things down permanently.

I adhered vellum pieces, flush to the edges of my cards, and placed the adhesive strategically where I knew it will be covered by my fussy-cut elements.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Painted Seasons Stamp Set double layer stamping technique with Coastal Cabana blue and Soft Sea Foam pastel green

Next, I adhered each of the elements and my sentiments, and I call it done. I have to admit, I’m quite pleased with these cards.

As always, if you wish to purchase any of the products I have used (except for Painted Seasons bundle), simply click the images below to go directly to my online store.

HOST CODE for the month of April is CD6WHE36. Use this code to receive special rewards from me.

Product List

Glue Dots

£5.00

Pin me

Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo. I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest xx

International Highlights Winners Hop: You Are The Greatest

Anna’ Stampin’ Cave – International Highlights Winners Hop: You Are The Greatest

Hello and welcome to my stampin’ cave today.

First of all, I wanted to say a massive THANK YOU to all my followers and visitors to my blog for VOTING on my project for this month’s International Project Highlights! My little fridge magnet and card took the 5th place. I’m so humbled!

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Teacher's Thank You Gift Fridge Magnet and Thank You card using Tropical Chic Stamp Set and Tropical Thinlits Dies from Stampin' Up!

Every month, the ‘top ten’ get to blog hop with Kylie, using the same theme, which was a “Teachers Gifts”.

You Are The Greatest

For today’s project, I decided to go back to one of my favourite products and techniques – watercolour with Brusho® Crystal Colour.

Here’s my card –

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Teachers Thank You Card with Watercolour Wash using Brusho Crystal Colour, Little Twinkle Stamp Set & Tropical Chic Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

Card dimensions:

  • Whisper White Thick cardstock: 11-6/8″ x 4-1/8″ scored in half at 5-7/8″ (29.7 x 10.5 cm scored in half at 14.8 cm)
  • Tranquil Tide cardstock panel: 3-7/8″ x 4-1/4″ (9.8 cm x 10.6 cm)
  • Lemon Lime Twist cardstock panel: 3-5/8″ x 5-13/16″ (9.2 cm x 12.2 cm)
  • Watercolour Paper panel: 3-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (9 cm x 12 cm)
  • Whisper White cardstock for sentiment

My thought behind this card was to create one that could be suitable either for a female or male teacher.

I prepared my watercolour panel – it was bit larger than what I needed – with embossing buddy and stamped the ‘heart constellation’ using Versamark ink. I sprinkled it with a White Emboss Powder and heat set it with my Heat Tool.

When heat embossing on Watercolor Paper, because it’s a quite porous surface, you need to make sure all the image has transferred very well. It can take a little bit longer for the embossing powder to melt, so be patient.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Teachers Thank You Card with Watercolour Wash using Brusho Crystal Colour, Little Twinkle Stamp Set & Tropical Chic Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

Brusho Crystal Colour

They are high quality and highly pigmented paint powders. They are water-based and most of all completely non-toxic. For my card, I chose two colours to work with: Prussian Blue and Moss Green.

I added my water to the embossed heart, sprinkled it with Moss Green and using the aqua painter I moved the water around.

Before adding Prussian Blue I wet the panel under a running water. I wasn’t too concerned and didn’t worry too much that the Mossy Green will run. Once my panel was really wet I sprinkled it richly with Prussian Blue.

I moved the colour tilting the panel in each direction dabbing off any colour that got into the heart – I wanted to keep it green. Once my panel was dry I spritz it with water (very selectively avoiding the heart) and added more Prussian Blue with a few Moss Green areas for the contrast and moved it around with aqua painter again. Once happy with results, and when the panel was still slightly damp, I sprinkled some more of Prussian Blue and let it dry without moving the paper. I love the effect it left on the panel.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Teachers Thank You Card with Watercolour Wash using Brusho Crystal Colour, Little Twinkle Stamp Set & Tropical Chic Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

Assembling the card

For the final touch, I took a Whisper White Craft Ink Refill and with a help of clear block and aqua painter, I splashed white all over the panel.

Once my panel was dry I cut it to the size but I saved my colourful off cuts to use them later for some accents.

I adhered Tranquil Tide panel to the card base with liquid glue. Next, I mounted watercolour piece onto a Lemon Lime Twist panel and adhered them both to the base.

The sentiment comes from Tropical Chic Stamp Set. I stamped it in Tranquil Tide ink and punched out with Tailored Tag Punch. I have added it to my card with few dimensionals.

Final touches

For some interest, I stamped a cluster of stars inside of my card, in a bottom left corner. Besides that, I also took one of the watercolour strips that left, cut it at an angle and add it to the inside as well. I think it looks pretty cool.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Teachers Thank You Card with Watercolour Wash using Brusho Crystal Colour, Little Twinkle Stamp Set & Tropical Chic Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

I also decided to decorate the envelope with the same elements as the inside of my card: clusters of stars and another watercolour strip cut at an angle.

And that’s it from me for today. I hope you’ve enjoyed visiting my blog. Do you like the card I created? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Below is the list of all the winners, so be sure to hop along. Your next stop is lovely and very talented Janneke de Jong from the Netherlands  go and see her beautiful project.

As always, if you wish to purchase any of the products I have used, simply click the images below to go directly to my online store.

I add this card to:

HOST CODE for the month of AUGUST is U6KK4ACY. Orders of £50+ (excl. p&p) will receive a pack of Stampin’ Up! Pearlised Doilies!

Product List

Bone Folder

£6.25

Aqua Painters

£15.50

Pin me

Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo. I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest xx

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Teachers Thank You Card with Watercolour Wash using Brusho Crystal Colour, Little Twinkle Stamp Set & Tropical Chic Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!


Don’t forget to check:

My exclusive special offer this month only: FREE Stampin’ Up! Pearlised Doilies

How it works…

  • Place a product order of £50 or more (excl. shipping) in my online store in the month of August. 
  • Add Host Code U6KK4ACY. To claim your reward you must include this code in your ordering process.
  • This August Special Offer will be applied to all qualifying orders placed through my shop using Host Code U6KK4ACY between 1 August – 31 August.
  • If your order is £150 or more do not use Host Code. You will earn your own Host Rewards to spend.
  • IMPORTANT:  My FREE Special Host Gift giveaways are mailed separately from any order and will arrive mid-September.

    Request Autumn/Winter Catalogue

    Stampin' Up! Autumn Winter 2018 Catalogue


    Earn in August – redeem in September –> click here for more details


    All-new, limited-time Colour Your Season products – Products available while supplies last or until 31 August 2018 – order yours today –> click here

DistINKtive – A New Kind Of Stamps From Stampin’ Up!

Anna’ Stampin’ Cave – A new kind of stamp

Stampin’ Up! knows there is always room for innovation, which is why we’ve trademarked a new style of the red rubber stamp. Named DistINKtive, these stamps start with a photograph, which an amazing Stampin’ Up! manufacturing team in Kanab, Utah then turns into a photorealistic red rubber stamp!

You probably remember the first of the distINKtive stamp set that was introduced during Sale-a-bration called Heartfelt Blooms.

Well, with this new catalogue Stampin’ Up! decided to bring some more of these incredible distINKtive stamp sets.

Distinktive stamps create different opacities in a single stamped image for a realistic depth and intensity.

With distinktive stamps, you can add monochromatic dimension and artistic flair to your stamping.

This innovative stamp style allows you to create images with depth by simply inking and stamping once. How cool is that!

Stampin’ Up! has a very informative video about how these amazing stamps work here.


UPDATE

There was a number of products that due to unexpected shipping delays weren’t available when the catalogue went live. But last night Stampin’ Up! announced that some of them are available now:

So I’m happy to announce that the following products are now in stock and available for purchase.

As for Stampin’ Blends, only current colours are back in stock. Thank you for your patience. I will let you know as soon as I have more information about the availability of the new Stampin’ Blends colours.

Host Code for the month of June is XEYXTEPE. Orders of £50+ (excl. p&p) will receive a Surprise Thank You Gift from me. You won’t be disappointed!

Thank You Gifts will be shipped in the first 2 weeks of the following month they were earned (mid-July).


HOW TO USE HOSTESS CODE


I would also love to invite you to join my team. I have a small team which is called Serendipity Crew. We are little but growing. And we are part of one of the biggest teams in the UK – a really wonderful group of women, of whom many have become dear friends of mine. We all support and inspire each other. So when you join my crew, you don’t get just me to help and support you, we all are a big friendly group! And we would love to welcome you.

Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day,

Celebrate You with Go For Greece Training Group Blog Hop

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Let's Celebrate Clean &  Simple Card using Stampin' Up! Amazing You Stamp Set - Powder Pink, Berry Burst & Gold Foil

Anna’ Stampin’ Cave – Celebrate You with Go For Greece Training Group Blog HopAnna' Stampin' Cave - Let's Celebrate Clean &  Simple Card using Stampin' Up! Amazing You Stamp Set - Powder Pink, Berry Burst & Gold FoilHello everyone and welcome to my blog. We are super excited to share with you an array of creations showcasing products from Stampin’ Up! Annual and Occasions (Spring-Summer in the UK) catalogues (and Sale-A-Bration freebies too). We hope you find great inspiration from our projects. You are currently visiting Anna Krol from the United Kingdom. 

Sale-a-bration is coming to an end and today I’ve got for you beautiful, clean &  simple card using Amazing You Stamp Set and Celebrate You Thinlits Dies – both of which you can still earn FREE (Sale-a-bration ends on 31st March).

But there’s also something you may don’t know about Celebrate You Thinlits Dies – they are carrying over to the new Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue!! But why pay for something if you can gave it for FREE, right?

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Let's Celebrate Clean &  Simple Card using Stampin' Up! Amazing You Stamp Set - Powder Pink, Berry Burst & Gold FoilLet’s Celebrate card dimensions:

– Berry Burst cardstock: 11-6/8″ x 4-1/8″ scored in half at 5-7/8″ (29.7 x 10.5 cm scored in half at 14.8 cm)
– Whisper White cardstock: 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ (9.3 cm x 13.6 cm)
– Whisper White cardstock (for inside): 3″ x 4-5/8″ (7.6 cm x 11.7 cm)
– A piece of watercolour paper for Stamping
– A strip of Gold Foil cardstock for die cutting
– Gold 1/8″ Ribbon: 8″ approximately
Anna' Stampin' Cave - Let's Celebrate Clean &  Simple Card using Stampin' Up! Amazing You Stamp Set - Powder Pink, Berry Burst & Gold FoilFirst, I stamped my flower on a piece of watercolour paper in Versamark, heat embossed it in gold, and fussy cut it (without leaves).
To paint the flower I’ve used aqua painter. For the first layer of colour I chose Powder Pink ink pad. Once it dried, I’ve used Berry Burst ink pad to add more depth to the petals.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Let's Celebrate Clean &  Simple Card using Stampin' Up! Amazing You Stamp Set - Powder Pink, Berry Burst & Gold FoilI took a Whisper White panel, decided where my flower will be placed, and using Stamp-a-ma-jig I stamped leaves in Lemon Lime Twist. Next, I stamped over them with Pear Pizzazz to darken them a bit and also stamped more leaves in Pear Pizzaz.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Let's Celebrate Clean &  Simple Card using Stampin' Up! Amazing You Stamp Set - Powder Pink, Berry Burst & Gold Foil

Using dry brush I picked some of that Berry Burst ink, flicked it over the Whisper White panel and assembled my card before adding the flower.
I cut a piece of Gold 1/8″ Ribbon (briefly 8″), added it underneath the flower and adhered it to the card base with dimensionals.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Let's Celebrate Clean &  Simple Card using Stampin' Up! Amazing You Stamp Set - Powder Pink, Berry Burst & Gold Foil

For the sentiment I die cut the word “celebrate” from Celebrate You Thinlits Dies in gold foil and also stamped “Let’s” from Amazing You Stamp Set in Powder Pink next to the flower. And that’s my card for today.

I really hope you enjoyed visiting my blog today and I would love to encourage you to hop along with us and see the rest of beautiful projects designed by amazing artists. Please be sure to continue to hop using the list below. You don’t want to miss any!

Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day

Hostess Code for a month of March: CWKGWDD7 – Use this code in the month of March and receive a gift from me. Spend £25 or more and use the code, and you will receive a Sweet Soiree Suite embellishments sample: one Silver Mini Gable Box + samples of ribbon and ‘shreddies’ (pink, silver or white) + a handmade gift from me.
 Special Notes:

1) Make sure you select Anna Krol as your demonstrator;
2) If you select “No Contact” box I do not have access to your name and can’t send you a gift;
3) If your order is £150 or more do not use the code and grab your own Stampin’ Rewards + gift from me

Aqua Painters

£15.50

Big Shot

£99.00

Pin me

Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo. I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest xx

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Let's Celebrate Clean & Simple Card using Stampin' Up! Amazing You Stamp Set - Powder Pink, Berry Burst & Gold Foil


Don’t forget to check:

New Sale-a-bration release is LIVE. Click here for more details –>

Spring Summer Catalogue Paper & Ribbon Shares. Shares are open to Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands & United Kingdom. 102 sheets of DSP & 2 yards of each type of ribbon from Spring/Summer Catalogue. Click here for more details —>

The New Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer 2017 Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration are LIVE and it’s AMAZING! For every 60 €/£45, you spend either from Spring Summer Catalogue or Annual Catalogue, you will get to choose one FREE  level 1 product from SAB brochure! If you spend 120 €/£90, you get one FREE level 2 product, OR, you can choose two level 1 items. If you spend 180 €/£135, you have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item. Click here for more details —>

Ever wondered what it’s like to join Stampin’ Up!’s community? I may have few answers for you. Click here for more details –>